Howard, Texas A&M Corpus Christi repeat at PGA Works Collegiate Championships
11 May 2023
by Jordan Perez of AmateurGolf.com
Everett Whiten Jr. (Howard Athletics photo)
Another historic PGA Works Collegiate Championship showed complete and utter domination from three champions, while two new winners were born.
Hosted at both Shoal Creek and Bent Brook Golf Course, teams competed under five different categories: A Division I and II men’s team championship, a Division I women’s team championship, and a women’s and men’s individual championships. The event invited 30 teams in three-team divisions and 52 players who represented 44 programs in individual divisions from HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions and other minority-serving institutions.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi took care of business for a third year in a row in the women’s team championship. Assembling a wire-to-wire victory, they were led by Lucie Charbonnier, Lucia Ramirez and Maria Beltran to finish 12-over, 30 strokes ahead of the rest of the field.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi
But the epic team victories didn’t end there. The Division I men’s category saw another repeat champion who won by 50 strokes in Howard University. Though Howard occupied the top of the leaderboard, Everett Whiten Jr. assembled a bogey-free 64 to propel himself nine shots ahead of his teammates and secure the victory for the Bison.
C.M. Mixon of Louisville had been patiently awaiting a men’s individual victory in his past two tries. Collecting two top-ten finishes, the senior was steadfast in his pursuit with an opening bogey-free 67 – but a three-way tie heading into the 18th hole on the final day put that grit to the test. A brilliant wedge shot to seven feet outside the cup and a birdie allowed him to avoid a playoff and claim the coveted title as his own.
Another first-time champion claimed the Division II title, as the Kentucky State Thorobreds raced to the top with an opening 281 and never looked back. Junior Micah Stangebye was at the helm, finishing with a closing 69 to cap off a six-shot 12-under victory.
And finally, a fitting end to a decorated career. UNC Wilmington's fifth-year senior Phu Kine had a close yet impressive victory, ending her collegiate career with her second PGA Works Collegiate Championship title, notching four birdies in her final round to escape by a stroke and claim the title.
The victories are exciting enough, but opportunities to play in professional events also accompany them. The top three finishers and ties in each category can apply to exemptions into the Guardian Championship for the Epson Tour and the Price Cutter Charity Championship for the Korn Ferry Tour.